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Simon Atkinson

Senior Analyst – European Retail, Food and Beverage

Simon has 15 years of experience in credit research. Prior to joining CreditSights in 2010 after a short period at the Financial Services Authority, Simon was a Senior Director in research at Merrill Lynch (1999-2008) in London initially covering a wide range of European corporate sectors but later focusing on the European autos, aerospace, steel and paper names (both investment grade and high yield). He has also worked for Moody's Investors Service as a rating analyst (Vice President – Senior Credit Officer) in both the USA and Europe (1993-1999) covering at various times, US & European & certain Emerging Markets steel, metals, engineering, conglomerates, transport infrastructure and project finance companies.

Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, qualifying with Price Waterhouse, and has worked as a Senior Manager investigating accountant for Ernst & Young (1986-1992), during which time he was seconded to the UK Takeover Panel, the body which regulates UK takeovers and mergers, for a two year period.

Simon has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, gaining joint honours in Classics and Social & Political Sciences

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